New Zealand Earthquake

Christchurch Cathedral

Tuesday afternoon, New Zealand was shaken to its core by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake hit the South Island, along with the largest city, Christchurch. The epicenter of the earthquake was 5 kilometers below ground in Lyttelton. About 500,000 people populate the affected region; at least 65 people were reported dead, while over 100 are missing and believed to be buried. Adding to the destruction was the collapse of a bridge, a prestigious cathedral, huge brick buildings, many damaged roads, and the shutting down of an airport. New Zealand’s biggest glacier, that lies 120 miles from Christchurch, even had a huge chunk shook off of it.  Many office workers were trapped under their buildings that had collapsed, not knowing if they were going to survive. The aftermath looks ugly, and the emotional aftermath is sure to be even worse.

Haley J

Sources: msnbc | huffingtonpost

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